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Zachary Smith; an unprofessional underdog, stumbling through a typically professional and proper world.
Having always been a bit of a "Day-Dreamer" and lover of all things supernatural from a young age, I found myself living most of my childhood in my imagination, concocting many weird and wonderful stories, all of which I drew picture books for - as I couldn't spell at the time.
Sadly, without my knowledge I somehow grew up and started my adult life, doing everything I was expected to do; get a job, pay bills and live for the weekend only.
But after seven years of working the same job day in and day out, I decided to get out and explore this small world we all live on. Scary as it was to leave the comfort of my steady lifestyle and a country I'd lived in my entire life, I knew I'd made the right choice within hours of landing in my first destination. And it was during my travels I met many different people; all from different countries, cultures and customs. And luckily for me, I get to call all these people my friends.
Finally, I ended up in Wellington; New Zealand - the world's southernmost capital city - and it's here I was introduced to the exciting world of all things arty. For there was nowhere I could turn without seeing some kind of street performance art, a new exhibit or a cool little jazz bar.
Move forward one year and I was hooked, having taken up sketching, photography and painting. And it was one day while trying to think of something to sketch, I was reminded of a picture book I had drawn way back when I was 7 or 8 years old. A book about two twin boys, one with the powers of good, and the other with the powers of evil. Deciding to sketch them both - mainly to see how I'd interrupt them years later - I began to hash out a whole new story for them, concentrating mainly on the "evil" twin, now named Mitchell. With the more I wrote about him, the more I started to become intrigued about him; knowing only too well how it feels to be a "black sheep."
Months down the line, and many weekends spent in writing, studying or editing, all for the final result. My first manuscript titled: Half-Breed. Having it freshly printed in my hands was a great moment in my life, like I'd completed the dreams of my younger self. A dream I've decided to share with the world.
It hasn't been easy, far from it. I've gone up, down and u-turned countless times in my young life, and I'd say the main thing I have learnt from all the blood, sweat and tears, is to always aim for the stars, no matter how high you set them. The struggle is good, embrace it and use it to better yourself. And never let anyone tell you differently.
Web Site: ZedSmith.com